The program was a great success. 

Kallol of NJ presents

In Celebration of Pratibha Basu’s Birth Centenary

 

Mahabharater  Maharonye 

(The play contains mature themes and  some violence. Parental guidance suggested.)

A play by Sudipta Bhawmik

(Inspired by Pratibha Basu’s book Mahabharater Maharanye)

 

Directed by Subhodev Das

Cast: Sankar Ghoshal, Aparajta Das, Subhodev Das, Sutapa Mukhopadhyay, Shraboni Chakraborty, Sabyasachi Chakraborty, and Amitava Bandopadhyay

 

Pratibha Basu, the famous Bengali writer, wrote “Mahabharater Maharanye” (The Dark Forest of the Mahabharata) when she was eighty years old. The book challenges the common beliefs and notions about the great epic Mahabharata like never before. She questions the fundamental premise of the Mahabharata - the path of Dharma is the path to salvation.   Her book turns upside down the notion of good and evil with an objective analysis of the text and shatters our conventional wisdom.  Her analysis has created enough controversies and debates among the pundits. Some have outright rejected her contrarian theories. But to most open-minded and liberal intellectuals, the book provides enough food for thought and a basis for self-introspection.

            The play to be staged by Kallol is based on the theories proposed by Prathiba Basu but the story  isn’t. The play captures a crucial juncture in the story of the Mahabharata with a small segment of the long narrative.  Kunti returns to Hastinapur with the dead bodies of Pandu and Madri, along with five boys -  Yudhistira, Bhima, Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadeva.  She claims the five boys are the sons of the deceased King Pandu and throws off the power balance of the mighty Kuru dynasty. But will her claim go unchallenged?